I am naturally a skeptic. If someone makes a hyped-up claim, accompanied by much hoopla, my tendency is to research such a claim to see if it is worth all the fanfare.
And I was curious about the claim that the Milo Marathon was AIMS and IAAF certified:
For the first time in more than three decades, the 35th National MILO Marathon this year will be certified by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).”This will bring a new dimension in the country’s biggest and longest-running footrace,” said Rio dela Cruz, whose RunRio company will be managing all the 17 elimination races and the national finals set on December 11
This news item was reported by many news agencies. So why is this such a big thing?
I really want to support Runrio. I really do. Amongst all the run organizers, Rio de la Cruz has the grandest vision—to put the Philippines in the list of renowned international running locales, in par probably with Boston, NY, London, Tokyo, and the like. An ambitious and noble endeavour indeed, and my hat’s off to him.
But it’s getting harder and harder to like what he does. There’s too much focus on celebrities, too much focus on his other business ventures, too much focus on himself. It is coming out that these Runrio-organized events are just a means to draw runners into his ventures.
And again my patience is being tested. Now, for me to fetch my Run United 2 race kit, I have to go to a @$%&@! run expo. And I have to go on June 13, a Wednesday, a work day, which means I have to travel all the way to Bonifacio Global City! And for what? To subject myself to the the sponsors’s barrage of sales promos, pamphlets, adverts.
This is supposed to be a runner’s event, not an event where runners are forcibly herded into an environment where companies can ply their wares. I feel I am being manipulated here. I paid for the kit. Why can’t I claim my kit on the day of my choosing? In the past, I had the option of having the run kit mailed to my home address. I felt that the additional mailing fee was worth it as I would avoid the cost and effort to fetch the race kit.
Update: From Runrio’s FB page: Hello everyone. There is no final advise yet on how kits can be claimed if you were unable to make it to the EXPO. But surely, RunRio will be providing an option for this to ensure everyone who registered to participate in this race can claim their kits and be there on race day.